“I promised I would return. Simple as that. As a senior in High School, eighteen months ago, I came with my school, Rio Lindo Academy and helped to build a playground for the KGS shelter. Unable to keep away, I found myself here again for two months of the rainy season.”
Seraphie Allen, returned to Chiang Rai again during her summer break this year from the 1st of June to the end of July. She volunteered to work at the Keep Girls Safe or KGS shelter teaching 30 girls English Sunday through Thursday and supporting the KGS staff, running errands and general admin work while the girls were in school.
KGS aims to protect girls and young women of marginalized communities from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. “Patience, love and trust were instantly given to me upon arrival. I did my best to keep up with the girls and their fast chatter.” Seraphie commented. “Thai culture, food and people have taught me many lessons I will keep for the rest of my life and hopefully I’ll return to give back what I have been given.” She said describing her experience here.
Sera, as she is affectionately known by her friends, has been deeply affected by her visit here. “When I was alone, I would often think of the futures of these girls and how I could possibly help make them better.” She commented. “It is not a question of whether I will be coming back to Thailand again, but only a matter of when.“One is my favorite memories was running barefoot to the huge waterfall with many of the girls, on a Sunday afternoon. We had spent the morning lifting, and moving heavy sandbags from the river. It was the highlight of my trip to see all these beautiful and hardworking girls splashing and screaming with joy in the water. We spent the afternoon and dinnertime there. We had a picnic after a long hike and then drove back. On the ride there I rode with the girls in the back of the pick-up. It was a lot of singing, laughing and fun.”
“Sera is only one of a number of people who have volunteered to help with the KGS project that ADRA Thailand administers. Numerous groups and volunteers, mostly young people visit us each year bringing skills in construction, nursing or dentistry and just plain brute strength to help the marginalized people of Thailand to help themselves. We would like to say thank you to Sera, Rio Lindo Academy from the United States. We appreciate your spirit of service.
By ADRA Thailand